1. “The GOP’s Insipid American Exceptionalism
I’ve had it with “American exceptionalism.” Enough already.
The phrase has garnered a considerable amount of attention lately, namely because Republicans are saying it over and over again.
The next time your would-be ruler holds forth about exceptionalism, remind yourself what Mencken said:
Democratic man, as I have remarked, is quite unable to think of himself as a free individual; he must belong to a group, or shake with fear and loneliness—and the group, of course, must have its leaders. It would be hard to find a country in which such brummagem serene highnesses are revered with more passionate devotion than they get in the United States. The distinction that goes with mere office runs far ahead of the distinction that goes with actual achievement.”
2. “The modern US army: unfit for service?
Gone are the days of the all-American army hero. These days, the US military is more like a sanctuary for racists, gang members and the chronically unfit
3. “We must pierce the smoke-screen of creditors and re-establish the historical truth. Repeated and generalised debt cancellation has occurred throughout history.”